$60 for the Bring Your Beard Brunch with Chef Art Smith for one ($60 value)
When is it? Sunday, May 3, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
What it is? The Bring Your Beard Brunch is a special event in celebration of the James Beard Awards, which take place Monday at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. It also salutes the LGBT culinary community, which includes Table Fifty-two’s Chef Art Smith. (He’s won two James Beard Awards and will be presenting at Monday’s ceremony.) Another LGBT chef? The late James Beard himself.
Wait, who was James Beard? Called the “dean of American cookery” by the New York Times in 1954, he was the chef who first realized the United States had a national cuisine, just like any other country. To highlight its excellence, he wrote cookbooks and started his own cooking school.
What should I expect at this brunch? Brunch will showcase the best of Table Fifty-two, well-known for its chicken and waffles, quiche, biscuits, and housemade bacon. There are also some special surprises in store—the menu will feature baked goods from the iconic Beard on Bread cookbook.
Is it for a good cause? Absolutely! 15% of the ticket price will be donated to the James Beard Foundation, which promotes the culinary arts and provides scholarships for aspiring chefs.
Reservation required. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only on Sunday, May 3, 2015.